The Dalles, OR --The Public Library -- July 25, 2007

The librarians and staff of The Dalles library. Their favorite books from right to left—Harris and Me, by Gary Paulsen; Marley and Me, by John Grogan...on second thought, change that to books by Janet Evanovitch!; books by Chuck Palahniuk and, of course Harry Potter; and The Cat Who mysteries by Lilian Jackson Braun.

The Kiwanis donate a sum of money and provide volunteers to help with the Summer Reading Program.

Their library went through a period of crisis in 2006. The county, who had partially funded the library declared its intentions to “get out of the library business.” As a result, a new district was created with a few libraries in the area. In May of 2006 funding the library district was offered to voters, and, although it passed with more than 50%, because voter turn out was so low, the vote was discredited—you have to have voter turn out of over 50% for anything to do with taxes. However, last November, in the general election, which more than 50% of voters turned out for, the measure passed and, though they still do not have the money, they have been able to borrow against future taxes to get things going again. The community came through for them, affirming that they value their library. A lot of the staff has worked there for at least seventeen years and even during the grim times, kept the programming going.

The librairie is a beautiful building, built in the 1960s and has been embellished by carvings by local artist Jeff Stewart and the paintings and bookshelves by Spencer Corey, who did them as his final Eagle Scout project.

Also by Spencer Corey.

I love fireplaces. I want to cook things in my crockpot again and sit by a fireplace and read, but really, right now, I just want to be on the road. I’m happy doing what I’m doing.

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